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11/11/2003 12:19 PM ET 
Yankees name Roy White first base coach; Luis Sojo to coach third base

The New York Yankees announced today that they have named former Yankee Roy White as their first-base coach for the 2004 season. Luis Sojo -- who was named the Yankees' first-base coach on November 7 -- will move from first base to third base to replace Lee Mazzilli, who will take over as Manager of the Baltimore Orioles in 2004.

"Roy was very helpful during his tenure as a special instructor in spring training and obviously knows the Yankee way." said Yankees' Manager Joe Torre. "He's a tireless worker who is a credit to the uniform and I look forward to reuniting with him."

Said Yankee Principal Owner George M. Steinbrenner, "Roy White is a classy guy and was an extremely talented player. A great left fielder, intelligent base runner and skilled hitter, Roy always conducted himself as a real Yankee. It's great to have all of his experience back in pinstripes. His addition to the club will mean a great deal to New Yorkers as we continue to build a winning team for this coming season."

The 59-year old White previously served as the Yankees' first-base coach in 1984 and 1986. He was also the club's bench coach in 1983. He worked in other coaching capacities with the Yankees' organization including roles as a special assignment instructor in 1995 and a roving outfield instructor from 1996-1998. White spent the last five seasons as the hitting coach for the Oakland A's Triple-A affiliate and, in 2003, he helped guide the Sacramento River Cats to the Pacific Coast League Championship.

White played with the Yankees for 15 seasons from 1965 through 1979 and ranks among the all-time club leaders in hits (10th - 1,803), stolen bases (fourth - 233) and games played (fifth - 1,881). He played in three World Series (1976, 1977, 1978) and was selected to the American League All-Star game twice. Following the conclusion of his Major-League career, White played three seasons in Japan with the Tokyo Giants from 1980-1982.





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